A Solar Powered Bug Out Kit?

Jeffrey Yago shares an interesting concept in the November-December 2014 “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #150). It’s not just portable solar power. It’s a solar powered bug out kit.

Curious?

You’ll want to take a look at the photos, diagrams and charts accompanying the full article, which is linked below.

Solar suitcase

By Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

From time to time, people call to ask what we have for emergency solar power suitable for a bug-out bag. Naturally, my first suggestion is one of the many fold-up flexible solar modules available in multiple sizes. However, since these are made for daytime recharging batteries and electronic devices, they provide no power at night and during storms. These people didn’t need a fold-up solar charger that fit into a bug-out bag — they needed a fold-up solar charger that is a bug-out bag!

This article will show you how to make a solar power system in the form of a portable suitcase. This design is easy to build since it is made using two identical solar modules of almost any size, depending on your power requirements and storage or vehicle trunk space. While I have access to almost any size solar module, I decided to use two Kyocera 40-watt modules as these are the size of a typical suitcase, yet together provide 80 watts of solar power, which equals 7 amps of 12-volt battery charging power.


Read the whole article here:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/solar-suitcase/

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com (541)247-8900.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.